According to a 2019 Gallup study:
*U.S. church membership is down sharply in the past two decades. It was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average of 68% in the 1970s through the 1990s. The past 20 years have seen an acceleration in the drop-off, with a 20-percentage-point decline since 1999 and more than half of that change occurring since the start of the current decade.
The reason for the decline is:
- Not because prayer isn’t allowed at school.
- Not because “God” is left out of the pledge of allegiance.
- Not because people aren’t patriotic.
- Not because kids don’t respect their elders or the flag.
- Not because our youth aren’t raised right anymore.
- Not because of “the Muslims”.
- Not because of immigrants.
- Not because of wall-less borders.
- Not because of gay marriage.
- Not because of transgender bathrooms.
- Not because of social programs to non-working people.
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You’ve re-blogged this (is that a word? 🙂).
Has something developed since 2019 when I first read this here?
It is the same, it appears. I watched, confused, then appalled, then sickened, as that large, very specific sect of American Christianity grew over the past two decades. It seemed to be at full throttle when I wrote the blog in 2019. I suppose, like any institution of large size and strong momentum, changing course occurs like that of a weighted barge moving at full speed: very slowly and nearly imperceptibly. That is, if it changes course at all. Time (and lots of it) will tell.